For this fall edition of Religion & Liberty, the cover story focuses heavily on an autumn staple: the apple. Over the summer I observed an Acton-sponsored event for pastors in Walla Walla, Washington. During this event, several Acton staff and event attendees had a chance to tour Broetje Orchards in Prescott, Washington, and meet several members of the Broetje family. This family not only runs one of the biggest fruit providers in the nation but also constantly finds new ways to serve their employees and their neighbors. You can learn about this amazing family and the good they do for their Washington community in “Broetje’s big garden.”
So far there has been only one woman to be named a Nobel Laureate in the field of economics. That woman, Elinor Ostrom, was awarded the Nobel for her work on the use of natural resources. She conducted years’ worth of field research on how communities preserve and protect their natural resources. Her work was honored with a Nobel Memorial Prize, and this issue’s In the Liberal Tradition honors her life and contribution to the field of economics.
This issue’s transatlantic pieces also cover a plethora of subjects, including the Euro, Lord Acton and an essay to help readers understand an issue that is very important today: Will robots create a workless world?
Our book features tackle two very different subjects. Rev. Anthony Perkins reviews Anne Applebaum’s new book Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine. This book “describes how the Soviet regime turned the breadbasket of Europe into an Armageddon” where “Communists showed themselves to be priests, crusaders, jailers and torturers for the Evil One.” For the second book feature, Bruce Edward Walker reflects on the 60th anniversary of Jack Kerouac’s novel On the Road.
Speaking of which, Rev. Robert Sirico reflects on “A multitude of anniversaries” in his column. He looks back on his own journey as well as Western civilization’s journey in the 20th century.
For the final essay of the issue, Lewis M. Andrews makes the case that reforming education in the United States will benefit religion as well.